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“Beggars are not choosers”: NCM VC to Goa Muslims

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For more than a decade, the problem of Muslim graveyard land allocation in Goa has not been solved. This year on 24-25 August, National Commission for Minorities (NCM) vice chairperson HT Sangliana and member Syeda Imam visited Goa to inspect the site acquired by the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) for the purpose. The acquired land is adjacent to Goa’s biggest garbage dump. This dump emits foul odours kilometres away, as claimed by Abdul Matin Daud Carol, general secretary, Masjid-e-Gausiya, Margao, who is the petitioner in the case. The two-member NCM team was to also see the alternative sites being offered to Muslims.

In the meeting with Muslims that following, Dr. Sangliana told Muslims “you are beggars and beggars are not choosers." Upset with the disrespect and disregard of facts in the meeting, Abdul Matin and Ranjan Solomon have appealed to the NCM chairman Wajahat Habibullah to reverse the inappropriate recommendation of the team and send another delegation to take account of the situation. Even though alternative lands are possible and available, the Goa government is using all tactics to avoid granting the legitimate claims of Muslims who are patiently awaiting justice

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2011 on page no. 17

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